Breed: Labrador retriever
Joined our pack in 2016
Scents: 2, quagga & zebra mussels
Ismay was a frail, sick puppy, who didn’t seem to likely to survive. Luckily a new vet – and a new diagnosis – got her on the mend, and this mischievous girl is now a healthy, thriving working dog. She was raised with her sister, Rosebud, which can be a challenge: littermates often bond with each other instead of with their people, becoming a wild little pack of their own. The two were trained separately until they were a year old, and friends were recruited to act as surrogate handlers. This hard work paid off; the two dogs are now beautifully-behaved best friends who work happily with anyone. Ismay loves her job detecting invasive mussels on watercraft – she wails pitifully when it is Rosebud’s turn – but don’t let word get out that this boat-sniffing little lab is actually a terrible swimmer.
With her handler's encouragement, Ismay learns to locate invasive mussels on watercraft.